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>> pelley: another country slams the door to freedom. >> reporter: this line goes back as far as you can see. what the refugees can't see is a future. >> pelley: also tonight, that anti-obama comment. >> we have a problem in this country. it's called muslims. >> pelley: the trump campaigns explains the candidate's controversial reaction. as pope francis prepares his first visit to the u.s., we'll ask him about his plans. what is your goal for america? and steve hartman with a cop's best friend. >> you can just see it on the officers' faces. they would light up. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the cbs evening news with scott pelley >> pelley: this is our western edition.
freedom never seemed so far away for the desperate families who fled wars at home, only to be caught up in more suffering in europe. today, children, men and women were stuffed into buses, destination unknown. germany has offered refuge, but countries along the way have thrown up roadblocks, overwhelmed by the crowds and hoping to shift the burden to neighbors. mark phillips is with the refugees in croatia. >> reporter: their trek away from war and toward a new life did not need a detour and did not need more uncertainty, but it got both. the refugees had been refused entry into hungary from serbia, and now thousands of them have come here to next door croatia, instead. and here they were stuck-- syrians, afghanis, iraqis, like sarmad. they all had one thought. where do you want to go? >> i didn't decide yet, but any
country that's safe for me. >> reporter: after the chaotic clash with hungarian border guards earlier in the week, the croatians imposed order on the 14,000 they said had come into their country. the refugees have been told to line up here for buses, and that's what they've done. thousands of them. this line goes back as far as you can see. what the refugees can't see is a future. and so they sat, like miserable pieces in a game of "pass the refugee." they were dumped in a disused army base and fed at least. >> thank you very much. >> you're welcome! >> reporter: but the croatians said they could not stay. so, more chaotic scenes, more loading on to buses, this time to be taken to another border crossing into hungary, the country that had so rudely denied them entry two days ago. it seems a deal had been struck.
they were herded on to still more buses and allowed in. the refugees and the croatian government do actually agree on one thing-- the refugees don't want to stay here, and the government wants them to leave. and now some of them are. busloads of misery on the move again, but to where? the announced plan was to take the refugees to camps near the austrian border, but the austrians say no arrangements have been made to let them in. every time a door opens for the refugees, scott, another one seems to slam shut. >> pelley: mark phillips with the story for us in croatia tonight. mark, thank you. tonight, there is a worrying development for america's air war over syria. the pentagon says that russian fighter jets have now arrived in syria in support of the assad dictatorship. this raises the prospect of u.s. and russian warplanes in the same skies, fighting on opposite sides. here's chip reid.
>> reporter: in addition to the fighter jets, these satellite photos of the base taken in the last few days also show russian helicopters, transport aircraft, tanks and armored personnel carriers. some u.s. intelligence analysts believe the weapons could be used to attack rebel forces, threatening the regime of syrian president bashar al-assad, russia's longtime ally but an enemy of the u.s. one u.s. official recently said russian military intervention in syria would be a game changer, creating the potential for run- ins with u.s. warplanes that are conducting air strikes against isis in syria. today, in an effort to avoid potential conflict between the u.s. and russia, secretary of defense ash carter spoke by phone with russian defense minister sergei shoygu. in a statement, the pentagon called it a constructive conversation. in london today, secretary of state john kerry addressed the escalating u.s.-russian tensions. >> i think everybody is seized by the urgency.
we have been all along, but the migration levels, the continued destruction, the danger of potential augmentation by any unilateral moves really puts a high premium on diplomacy at this moment. >> reporter: earlier this month, russian president vladimir putin said intervention in syria is "not yet on our agenda," but, scott, some u.s. officials fear that given the latest developments, his agenda just might have changed. >> pelley: chip reid at the pentagon this evening. chip, thanks. a twist tonight in the presidential race. this time, it's what donald trump did not say that has him under fire. and here's major garrett. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: the first question at donald trump's rally in new hampshire last night played to trump's history of doubting president obama's u.s. citizenship. >> we have a problem in this country. it's called muslims. we know our current president is one.
you know he's not even an american. >> we need this question? this is the first question? >> but anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. that's my question. when can we get rid of them? >> we're going to be looking at a lot of different things. and a lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. we're going to be looking at that and other things. >> reporter: the trump campaign claimed the g.o.p. front-runner did not hear the question, but trump could be seen nodding his head and could be heard saying, "right." >> you know he's not even an american. >> reporter: a cnn poll this month showed that 43% of republicans, as well as 29% of independents and 15% of democrats, still believe incorrectly that mr. obama is muslim. the president is christian. 2008 republican nominee john mccain dealt with a similar question in the heat of the campaign but defended then- senator obama and corrected the questioner. >> he's an arab. he is not-- >> no, ma'am. no, ma'am.
>> no? >> no, ma'am, no, ma'am. he's-- he's a decent family man, citizen, that i just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues. >> reporter: mccain had no comment today but reaction from trump's g.o.p. rivals was swift. new jersey governor chris christie: >> if somebody at one of my town hall meetings said something like that, i would correct them and say, "no, the president is a christian, and he was born in this country." >> reporter: democrat hillary clinton, also campaigning in new hampshire, denounced trump. >> and he should have, from the beginning, repudiated that kind of rhetoric, that level of hatefulness in a questioner in an audience that he was appearing before. >> reporter: the white house described trump as less courageous than mccain. trump canceled an appearance in south carolina where he likely would have had to confront questions on this and other topics. trump did say one thing today, scott. he told the "new york times" he's prepared to spend $100 million to win the republican
nomination. >> pelley: major garrett in the washington newsroom tonight. major, thanks. the clock is running on another federal government shutdown. congress has 13 days to pass a spending bill, but the house is deadlocked in a battle to end funding for planned parenthood, which provides women's health services, including abortion. today, republicans prevailed in a vote to cut off money for the group, and nancy cordes is on capitol hill. >> reporter: today's vote was a reaction to these undercover videos released by conservative activists this summer. they show planned parenthood doctors discussing the harvesting of fetal tissue from abortions for research. pennsylvania republican mike kelley: >> this is about a horrific act that is repulsive and repugnant. it has no place in america, and america's taxpayers refuse to pay for that. >> the gentleman's time has expired. >> wake up! >> reporter: but the house vote
to cut off government funding for planned parenthood for one year was largely a symbolic gesture because republicans don't have the votes in the senate. illinois democrat jan schakowsky: >> planned parenthood does not sell any body parts for profit. that is a fact. >> reporter: still, a group of conservative lawmakers is threatening mutiny against house speaker john boehner if he doesn't take the fight further and use the threat of a government shutdown to force democrats to cut off funding. >> we need to stop surrendering. >> reporter: a strategy endorsed by several republican presidential candidates, including ted cruz and carly fiorina. >> i dare hillary clinton, barack obama to watch these tapes, watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, "we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain." >> reporter: the videos actually
don't show that, and some republicans are openly warning that the last time the party tried this strategy to cut off obamacare funding, it was unsuccessful and led to a 17-day shutdown, scott, for which they got most of the blame. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, thank you. this is sure to come up as hillary clinton is john dickerson's guest. that's this sunday on "face the nation." today, a pentagon investigator testified that the taliban subjected bowe bergdahl to the worst conditions that any american p.o.w. has suffered since vietnam. testimony wrapped up at a hearing to decide whether bergdahl should be tried for desertion. he walked away from his base in afghanistan in 2009, was captured and then was swapped last year for five taliban prisoners held by the u.s. here's omar villafranca. >> reporter: when army sergeant bowe bergdahl emerged into the sunlight in afghanistan last summer, he looked gaunt but relatively healthy.
but today, a hushed military courtroom heard about the brutal conditions bergdahl endured as a taliban captive for five years. terrence russell was part of the pentagon team that debriefed bergdahl upon his return to the u.s. he testified that bergdahl was repeatedly beaten, tortured and neglected. russell said bergdahl told him he escaped at least twice, one time evading recapture for eight days. that led to harsher treatment. bergdahl listened quietly as russell described how the soldier was left in a seven-foot metal cage for over three years. russell said the torture ranks as some of the most horrible conditions of captivity we've seen in 60 years. emotional, russell told the court he believed bergdahl had resisted his captors. "he did the best job he could do, and i respect him for that." bergdahl was captured after leaving his post in the middle of the night. testimony today indicated he was trying to get the attention of generals to complain about army
leadership. bergdahl could face life in prison if convicted of desertion and misbehaving in front of the enemy. joshua cornelison served in the same platoon with bergdahl. >> i think that if he is found guilty of anything less than that, i think it's an absolute slap in the face and an absolute atrocity to everybody else that has served honorably, both in the iraq and afghanistan conflicts. >> reporter: the major general who conducted the army's two- month investigation into bergdahl's actions was asked if he thought bergdahl should get a jail sentence. scott, major general kenneth dahl said a jail sentence would be inappropriate. >> pelley: omar, thank you very much. pope francis leaves rome tomorrow for cuba and then his first trip to the united states beginning on tuesday. on assignment for "60 minutes," we met the pope at his general audience last week and spoke with his security detail about protecting a man who places his safety in the hands of god.
pope francis is the only world leader who plunges into crowds like this. he demands freedom, and he explained why when we visited the vatican last week. what is your goal for america? "to meet people," he told us. but his desire for freedom is exactly what worries the man who stands at the right fender of the father. erst breitenmoser is a sergeant in the 500-year-old swiss guard, the pope's bodyguards. >> we cannot be like a wall around him, so, as he is a pastor, he loves to be a pastor, he needs the contact with people. it's very personal, very human, and, for us, it's an awesome experience. >> pelley: the guard is the oldest and smallest army on earth, a force of 110-- all
swiss, all catholic, all pledged to give their lives. there are guards that you can't miss and guards that you can't see, the ones in plain clothes with automatic weapons. in the united states, the secret service often says to the president's staff, "look, we know you want to do that, but we can't do that." do you ever say that to the pope? >> no. we tried. at the beginning, we tried. but he was saying always, he always had the last word. we were discussing about security and safety problems, but he needs to do also his ministry as a pastor. >> pelley: about the risk, francis has said, "the lord has put me here, and he'll just have to take care of me." we'll have more of our conversation with pope francis this sunday on "60 minutes." still ahead tonight... >> it's going to flood! >> pelley: ...a hiker's video captures a frantic escape. and photos celebrate the beauty of the universe when the "cbs
>> pelley: the bodies of all the hikers killed by a flash flood in zion national park have now been recovered-- six from southern california, one from nevada, all in their 50s. ben tracy now with the new video of chaos in the canyon. >> we need to go down. it's going to flood. >> reporter: as torrential rain poured down on zion national park, hikers desperately tried to get down the mountain. >> careful, careful. >> reporter: jordan birnbaum shot this video earlier this week. >> we'll make it down! don't worry! it's scary! >> reporter: as he and his girlfriend ran for their lives. >> all we were thinking about was survival. >> reporter: how quickly did the weather change? >> the whole thing must have happened in about 60 seconds. >> there's no way. the wind hits me in the face. it must have been at least 50 miles an hour. holy ( bleep )! this is so dangerous. and the hail, size of marbles.
ow! it was coming down right on us. there is no way. look at this hail! >> reporter: he was lucky. the same flash flood killed seven hikers who took this photo right before they began rappelling into one of the park's narrow and dark canyons. in a statement, the family of 51-year-old gary favela said exploring the canyons was his passion. also killed was 58-year-old steve arthur, a sheriff's deputy from ventura county, california. when he was taking this video, jordan birnbaum said he knew the storm would be deadly. >> we need to get down there. we saw how many people were in the park that day, and we were like, "some people are going to be in some really big trouble." >> reporter: trouble he himself barely managed to escape. >> it's all right, baby. >> reporter: ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: and we'll be right back. he himself barely managed to escape. >> it's another baby. >> reporter: ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: and we'll be right back.
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>> pelley: finally tonight, michael the archangel is considered the patron saint of police officers, watching from the heavens. looking out for them on earth is an apprentice angel named jeremie. steve hartman met him "on the road." >> reporter: no one ever said all police officers were bad, but, with all the protests this year, you could understand how someone might get that impression. >> no justice, no peace! >> reporter: especially a little someone. >> it makes me really sad. >> reporter: after seeing one of the protests on the news, ten- year-old jeremie bordus of lansing, michigan, who always wanted to be a police officer, asked his mom, marcella, if he had picked the wrong profession. >> he goes, "mom, the cops are still the good guys, right?" i said, "yeah, there are some bad police officers, and then there are still the good ones that are trying to protect themselves." >> reporter: jeremie got that, but he still didn't like the idea of good police officers
being called bad names. it felt like bullying to him. >> i've been picked on ever since i was in kindergarten. >> reporter: and you saw a little bit of yourself in the police officers? >> yup. >> reporter: is that why you wanted to do something about it? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: jeremie came up with the idea of a police thank you party, and when his mom tried to explain they didn't have money for that, jeremie offered a solution-- to give up his birthday party. why? >> 'cause the police are more important than any birthday party. >> reporter: when marcella realized how sincere jeremie was, she agreed to help him do it up right. >> ready? >> reporter: all summer, they've been making and selling cookies to raise money for the party, and all summer, officers have been showing up in droves to thank him. >> he tapped into something huge. >> reporter: michelle bryant is with the lansing police department. >> it was very uplifting, and it did start to improve morale. he would stop in and deliver cookies, and you could just see
it on the officers' faces. >> thank you very much. >> they would light up. >> reporter: the party will be next february on jeremie's 11th birthday. ( applause ) they're expecting hundreds of officers to attend interest all over central michigan. and although jeremie has surrendered his birthday for the cause, his mom says he has already received a great gift. >> he's positive. he's happy. he couldn't wait to go to school. >> reporter: could that be because he has the whole police force on his side? >> i think it has a lot to do with that. ( laughter ) >> reporter: i mean, would you mess with this kid? steve hartman, "on the road," in lansing, michigan. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley, and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
this man says his landlord got violent to force physical family out even sending his 3- year-old to the hospital. >> the massive effort to clear the way and allow fire victims back into their neighborhoods. why it's more complicated than just opening the roads. >> plus, back on the force. only on 5 we talk to the first officer rehired since san jose reached a breakthrough deal over pensions. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm ken bastida. neighbors rallying around an east bay family being threatened with eviction. the landlord even being accused of turning violent. new at 6:00, kpix 5's da lin on the incident that sent a toddler to the hospital. >> reporter: yeah, ken. slamming a door against that toddler's head, threatening deportation, and intimidating the family that lives here. now, those are the things that
this family says their landlord is doing to force the them out. [ non-english language ] [ crying ] >> reporter: you don't need to speak spanish to understand the trauma. they said since the landlord bought the now december he harassed and intimidated them to get them out. they said he wouldn't take their rent check. >> saw my baby go down. >> reporter: two weeks ago they say he slammed this metal door against their 3-year-old son's head. they filed a police report and took their toddler to oakland children's hospital after he started bleeding. [ non-english language ] >> screaming and say why you doing that to my son, my son have nothing to do with your anger. >> reporter: they don't want to show their faces but say the man would pound and kick their front door. >> and bang the foot on the metal. mettle hear so nobody >> reporter: are you afraid of the landlord? >> yes. >> report